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February 23rd, 2012
We won’t claim a preference in the current redistricting debate that has proposed moving Charlotte into the Addison County senatorial district, but in case math prevails we’d like to introduce you to aspects of the county that may be closer to your values than you may know.
Our rural roots are the most obvious similarities. Dairy farming, open land, small town government and small rural schools are the heart of both areas.
I first started to poke around town clerk’s offices and, more importantly, get to know the people who run them in the mid-1980s, when I started selling real estate for about five years. Back then, Panton’s office, if I remember correctly, was in a basement in a home near Vergennes, while Waltham’s was basically housed on a porch and didn’t have a copier.
I used to look at the covers of celebrity gossip magazines at the supermarket checkout and wonder about the headlines: What is Kim Kardashian’s “painful secret”? Is Jennifer Aniston really pregnant?
But I could never bring myself to buy a copy; other shoppers might think I was the kind of person who cared about the vapid lives of Hollywood stars.
Turns out, that’s exactly the kind of person I am.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a report of a drunken man allegedly offering to give two juveniles a ride in his vehicle in the Cross Street area on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Witnesses described the man as being around 5 feet, 7 inches tall, mostly bald, with short gray hair at the sides, in his 50s or early 60s, with short stubble on his face, wearing a blue collared sweatshirt and jeans and drinking what appeared to be cola.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police are on the lookout for two men who left their vehicle at the end of a police chase and ran into the woods in Salisbury.
Trooper Hanley reported that on Feb. 15 at 4:16 p.m. VSP attempted to stop a red Chevy Cavalier with Vermont plates on Route 7 in Brandon. There were two occupants in the vehicle, both African American males.
Steve McKibben lives in Cornwall, but teaches in Connecticut at Hotchkiss School. He’s also the junior varsity basketball coach there.
Last year, when he was the assistant coach, the team won only one game and lost 11. “It was a miserable season,” he says. “Everyone was down, no one had any fun.”
Handed the reins this year, he decided to do things differently.
MIDDLEBURY — The Hospice Volunteer Services community will honor Patty Dunn this Friday afternoon from 4:30-6 p.m. at St. Stephen's on the Green in the parish hall. Dunn recently retired after nine years of service as the HVS executive director.
The program will begin at approximately 5 p.m. with musical selections by Wellspring followed by tributes from community members, including Henry Prickitt, Maura McClure, Kate McGowan, Peter Jensen and Margie Beckoff. Frank Buonincontro and Diana Barnard, members of the HVS board of directors, will be the emcees.
Interested in journalism and the future of news? How about international watchdog groups or web publishing?
If any of those topics tickle your fancy, you might consider dropping by Middlebury College’s Bicentennial Hall tonight for the Meet the Press lecture series, where seasoned editor, author and columnist Jacob Weisberg will discuss how newspapers fit or don't fit into government.